Friday, August 4, 2000

Weak Yukon-Kuskokwim salmon runs hurting more than fishermen
BETHEL (AP) -- The effect of disastrously weak salmon runs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta and Norton Sound areas is stretching beyond commercial fishermen.

Kake scrambles for water after dam breaks
KAKE (AP) -- A few hundred yards from the hole time and nature tore through this small community's dam, thousands of salmon thrash in the shallows near a hatchery that cannot hold all their valuable eggs for lack of a reliable water supply.

Parents want playground fuel spill cleaned up
KENAI (AP) -- Worried parents in the village of Nanwalek say they want a 20-year-old fuel spill cleaned up from a school playground before the state completes a formal study in October.

APOC considering fining tax cap group
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska's campaign watchdog agency is considering fining the pro-tax-cap initiative group $50 a day for registration irregularities.

Preparation can increase chances of finding moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For serious moose hunters, the season starts long before the Sept. 1 opening.

CIRI stops elders payments pending outcome of lawsuit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Cook Inlet Region Inc. has suspended paying extra dividends to some elders because the program is targeted in a lawsuit filed by shareholders.

Indian radio show gathers nation in 'talking circle'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Harlan McKosato sits at his computer hammering out his radio talk show script. It's one hour before ''Native America Calling'' and his energetic voice greet the nation.

New double-hull tanker begins Alaska service for Tesoro
NIKISKI (AP) -- A new double-hull tanker has begun working the Alaska trade, servicing three refineries owned and operated by Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

Kodiak woman sentenced in Pen Air theft
KODIAK (AP) -- A former Kodiak woman was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail in the theft of nearly $30,000 dollars from Pen Air, her former employer.

Last of three new response tugs arrives in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Crowley Marine Services has delivered the last of three escort tugboats to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in Valdez, the companies announced this week.

Alaska receives money to repatriate Native artifacts
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly $400,000 in grants will be divided among 38 projects in Alaska, many of them to help with the repatriation of Native artifacts.

Seat belt enforcement to be stepped up around Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities say they intend to step up their enforcement of seat belt use around Alaska.

Fairbanks AIDS group wants to open methadone clinic
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Interior AIDS Association is seeking state and federal approval to open a methadone clinic at its downtown office.

Alaska Airlines completes 16 MD-80 tail inspections
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines had completed 16 of an expected 17 inspections of MD-80 aircraft by midday Friday, one day after announcing that a tool used to measure stresses on the jets' tail sections might have given the wrong readings.

Police investigate theft of high school computers
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were investigating the theft of 48 iMac computers from East High School valued at $55,000.

Alaskans warm to Bush; praise keynote speech
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- George W. Bush validated his presidential credentials in a keynote speech that exuded sincerity and vision, Alaska delegations to the Republican National Convention say.

State seeks bid to privatize telecommunications system
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Bids are being accepted from companies that want to take over the state's $26 billion telecommunications program.

More Alaska fire crews headed to Lower 48
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another five emergency crews from Alaska are heading for the Lower 48 to take their turn battling wildfires. The crews will join the more than 350 Alaskans who already are helping out.

Eagle River man dies in motorcycle accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man was killed when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a pickup truck, Anchorage police said.

Copper Center teen killed in rollover accident
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Copper Center teen died early Thursday after an early morning vehicle accident.

Coast Guard detains Latvian freighter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has detained a Latvian freighter for numerous safety violations.

Cordova youth wins national championship
CORDOVA (AP) -- He's only 12 years old, but Chris Platt says he worked hard to gain national prominence in youth wrestling.

Paralegal wanted in handgun theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- He turned his experience on the other side of the law into a career as a paralegal. Now Ben Latham is wanted by Alaska State Troopers on a felony warrant charging him with theft, tampering with evidence, and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Man beaten aboard sailboat
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Ketchikan man suffered multiple injuries from a beating aboard a sailboat, the Coast Guard said.

A travel plan can save lives when hunting or fishing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One way to help ensure your safe return from a hunting trip is to complete a Search and Rescue Prevention Travel Plan.

Dillingham man dies after being pushed during argument
DILLINGHAM (AP) -- A Dillingham man died following an argument, but police in the Bristol Bay city said they don't believe the case was a homicide.

Few bother with work needed for successful moose hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most Alaska moose hunters heading afield this fall will share one thing in common -- they'll come home empty handed.

Kake girl burned by water boiled after dam breaks
JUNEAU (AP) -- A 3-year-old Kake girl was badly burned by water that had been boiled for purification after the community's aging dam broke.

Cruise lines face air pollution fines
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two cruise lines face fines for violating Alaska's clean air laws last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

Troopers arrest paralegal sought in handgun theft
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An ex-convict paralegal sought by Alaska State Troopers for taking off from a Kenai Peninsula campground with a gun was arrested Thursday morning.

Copper Center teen killed in vehicle accident
COPPER CENTER (AP) -- A Copper Center teen was killed early Thursday in a vehicle rollover accident, Alaska State Troopers said.

Welfare payments drop by $10.4 million
JUNEAU (AP) -- Welfare payments to Alaskans decreased by $10.4 million to $63.9 million in the last fiscal year as welfare reform laws continued to move people off public assistance, according to a report prepared by the Department of Health and Social Services.

S.S. Nenana reopened
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The S.S. Nenana was being reopened while testing was done to determine the amount of lead in a paint chip found on the boat.

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest weak
KENAI (AP) -- Two scheduled openings remain for upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet fishermen, but many are already giving up on what they're calling a disastrous season.

GCI to crack down on cable thieves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- GCI is giving cable TV thieves a grace period to discontinue use with no questions asked.

Russia to push forward with oil projects in Russian Far East
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian government has promised to draft regulations aimed at reviving stalled oil projects off the country's Pacific coast, a governor from the region said Wednesday.

Alaska's salmon harvests showing mixed results
JUNEAU (AP) -- The salmon harvest statewide is showing mixed results halfway through the season, according to state officials.

Alaska Airlines grounds 18 jets for inspections
SEATTLE (AP) -- The grounding of as many as 18 Alaska Airlines planes for inspection of a part that has been implicated in a fatal crash last January should be short-lived, company officials say.

GM announces plan to improve mileage on truck fleet
PONTIAC, Mich. -- In a direct response to Ford Motor Co.'s claim of being the environmentally friendly automaker, General Motors Corp. said Wednesday it would offer pickups and buses that will burn up to 50 percent less fuel than current models.

Anchorage wages still above average
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage workers earned about $3 more per hour than the national average, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Little venture capital finds way to female entrepreneurs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although she had been steadily building her business since 1994, Nell Cote didn't really feel like a full-fledged entrepreneur until just a few months ago.

Business Briefs
Alaska USA introduces 24-hour loan serviceKenai credit bureau closesSpenard Builders hires millwork managerSoldotna chamber announces August scheduleHarley-Davidson opens new Soldotna store Industry Appreciation Day slated for Aug. 26

Restaurant raises score after DEC reinspection
The King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna scored 90 percent on a reinspection last week by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Nation's largest banks charge higher user fees
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Ame-rica's largest banks, which operate in several states, charge significantly more for their services than smaller banks that do business in only one state, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Around the Peninsula
Boys and Girls Club temporarily moves to armoryPCI offers computer workshops

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Sister honored for 50 years of service'Once Upon the Kenai' reprints nearly sold outCaptain Cook Rec Area program features salmon PCI offers computer workshops

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Alaska's salmon harvests showing mixed results
JUNEAU (AP) -- The salmon harvest statewide is showing mixed results halfway through the season, according to state officials.

Kenai sockeye fishery to shut down
Anglers who have not yet filled their freezers with sockeye salmon are running out of chances.

Kings out, cohos in
The king salmon fishery on the Kenai River closed Monday, but not before yielding one more day of great fishing.

Preparation can increase chances of finding moose
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For serious moose hunters, the season starts long before the Sept. 1 opening.

Few bother with work needed for successful moose hunting
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Most Alaska moose hunters heading afield this fall will share one thing in common -- they'll come home empty handed.

Things to keep in mind when using your shotgun this fall
When the birds fly this fall, many gunners will miss their first shot, and miss badly.

A travel plan can save lives when hunting or fishing
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One way to help ensure your safe return from a hunting trip is to complete a Search and Rescue Prevention Travel Plan.

Practice will make you more effective with your shotgun
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sagebrush crackles underfoot and hoppers dart for cover as you push through an eastern Idaho gully.

Strings Festival brings sound of music
Got music? Starting today and continuing through Aug. 13, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer Strings Festival will make classical music on the peninsula as common an occurrence as finding milk in the dairy aisle.

Summer Strings Festival schedule of events
Summer Strings Festival schedule.

What's happenng
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainment Upcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage Events Films

Briefs
Summer string festival coming Peninsula state fair slated for Aug. 18-20

Schedule
Schedule for Nascaar 2000 season.

MONEY LEADERS
Nascar 2000 money leaders.

points standings
Point standing so far in the Nascar season.

Brickyard 400
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, Ind.)

Stock car drivers get piece of Indy history
INDIANAPOLIS -- The driver who wins Saturday's Brickyard 400 at the Indian apolis Motor Speedway will earn the same number of points in the series standings as the driver who wins at Dover, Del., or Loudon, N.H., or Martinsville, Va.

Waltrip enjoys job security despite winless streak
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another winless season, another vote of confidence. And so it goes for driver Michael Waltrip.

Lodge eyes hat party to get into record book
The Guinness Book of World Records immortalizes the bizarre and uncanny. The Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof hopes to be recognized by Guinness for possessing the world's largest unsolicited collection of hats.

Digging history
Wesley Drown, above, talks to people assembled for the first of a two-day opening ceremony for Dena'ina Dig 2000.

Police cars, computers, furniture among items offered by city of Soldotna
Any garages left a little empty from spring cleaning this year can get filled back up again when the city of Soldotna holds an auction to clean out its own garage.

Land sale sparks concern
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley held a hand over his face as Nikiski residents slammed the Cooper Landing land sale he had worked so hard to develop.

Kenai Natives float proposal
Kenai Natives Association Inc. has been looking for ways to use its land. So when the proposal for a privately run prison at Fort Greely stalled, KNA made an offer.

Photo feature: Colorful ride
Zach Thompson passes through a field of fireweed as he rides his bike up a trail on the bluff in Kenai recently.

District 8 legislative candidates take center stage at forums
District 8 voters got a look at their candidates in two different forums held this week.

Council approves water shortage solution
The Kenai City Council moved another step closer to preventing city water shortages at its Wednesday night meeting.

Hazel "Ruth" Hursh
Kenai resident, Hazel "Ruth" Hursh died Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of complications from a stroke. She was 80.

Harold "Hal" Hopkins
Harold "Hal" Hopkins died at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital Sunday, July 30, 2000, with his family at his side as a granddaughter played his favorite music on the violin. He was 83.

Disabilities act provides access to outdoors for all
Most residents of the Last Frontier can take the scenery, wildlife and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for granted. But for Alaskans with disabilities, experiencing the great outdoors used to be much more difficult than it is today.

Slikok Creek nature walk reveals best, worst of area flora
Editor's note: This story ran in last week's Clarion Outdoors section. Because it incorrectly identified the leader of the walk, we are running it again correctly.

Outdoor Briefs
Homer halibut derby updateTravel plan can save livesValley cow moose hunt delayedMaking the most of your shotgun this fall

Religious summit aims at peace, despite infighting
NEW YORK (AP) -- Though the Dalai Lama's exclusion from the upcoming Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations brought unwelcome headlines, organizers hope the gathering of 1,000 religious leaders will highlight a new global effort for peace.

Women flock to evangelist's conference
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bishop T.D. Jakes' brand of spiritual healing is too big for even the Georgia Dome, where more than 80,000 women from around the world came to get closer to God.

Churches offering sex education
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) -- The Rev. John Corrado has no trouble explaining why Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church teaches sex education.

Christian pastor stabbed to death in southern India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Tensions were simmering after attackers stabbed a Christian pastor to death in a southern state where religious rioting has intensified over the past two months.

For churches, unity builds economic clout
BALTIMORE (AP) -- In Baltimore, a growing number of black churches are asking members to open accounts in area banks that have pledged to invest in the city's black community.

Amish torn on whether computers are a bane or a boon
LEWISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Moses B. Smucker got into the computer business by accident.

Bere, Indians beat out Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jason Bere pitched another strong game for Cleveland, giving up four hits in eight innings as the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-1 Thursday night.

Gonzalez torches Atlanta's pitching
PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez drove in five runs in his second two-homer game in four days and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended Andy Ashby's five-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory Thursday night over the Atlanta Braves.

Young golfers play big at Birch Ridge
"Everyone better watch those little guys," a spectator said at the second annual Birch Ridge Golf Association Junior Tournament. "They're going to be good."

Post 20 advances to semis
Every baseball player grows up dreaming of a clutch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning to win a big game. Well, that dream came true for American Legion Post 20 Twin Aaron Sparks in Wednesday night's 15-14 win over Wasilla at the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Former Philadelphia hurler thriving with Arizona Diamondbacks
PHOENIX -- Curt Schilling has wasted no time in reminding everyone he is one of baseball best big-game pitchers. It's just that he hasn't had many big games for the last seven years or so.

Sotomayor cleared for Olympics
LONDON -- Cuban high jump champion Javier Sotomayor was cleared Wednesday to compete in the Olympics when track and field's ruling body cut his suspension for cocaine use in half.

More than digits for 2000 Oilers
Baseball is a numbers game, but there are times when the numbers don't do it justice.

Tigers roar as Angels fall to earth
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Five days after a disastrous outing at Texas, Brian Moehler faced an intimidating lineup of Anaheim hitters without a problem.

Volleyball practice set to go at Skyview
Practice sessions for the Skyview High School volleyball team are scheduled to start Monday, with the first session slated for 9 a.m. at Skyview High School.

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